Other Businesses

ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 960 hectares of port-based development land.


Drawing on 60 years of experience, ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) provides specialist marine environmental research and consultancy services.

UK Dredging

UK Dredging (UKD) operates the largest British-owned dredging fleet and specialises in the provision of reliable and cost effective port maintenance dredging services.

ABP Marine Operations

ABP as a Statutory Harbour Authority, and the Port Marine Safety Code

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the Statutory and Competent Harbour Authority for 22 separate ports and harbours located around the UK. The breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that comes from managing these ports and harbours enables ABP to play a leading role in the ongoing development of the Port Marine Safety Code.

The Port Marine Safety Code, which was last revised in November 2016, serves to highlight the responsibilities that are allied to being a Harbour Authority and establishes a requirement for all Harbour Authorities to formalise their procedures.

In publishing the ABP Marine Policy we aim to demonstrate our commitment to the safe and responsible operation of our ports and harbours by detailing areas of primary concern and bringing transparency to our work. Linked to this policy, each ABP port and harbour has prepared plans detailing the precise manner in which this policy is to be implemented.

We have well established reporting procedures and performance targets; and have a designated person to provide assurances that the ABP marine safety management systems are working effectively. We have a clear system for auditing and reviewing our performance against this policy.

By implementing this policy, ABP continues to build upon its known track record of safe and efficient operations, while endeavouring to identify further opportunities to improve that record whenever and wherever we can.
Our ABP Marine Policy and PMSC information can be found here.

Our Service Provider Requirements and detailed marine information on our ports can be found below.

ABP operates a licensing procedure for providers of berthing and mooring services across all its 21 ports.

Further information on this licensing procedure and the requirements imposed on berthing and mooring providers can be found in the Berthing and Mooring Licence Application and Terms and Conditions for Berthing and Mooring.

Please contact the local Harbour or Dock Master if you have any questions on these documents or if you intend to apply.


ABP applies a set of minimum requirements for bunkering providers across all its 21 ports. These Service Provider Requirements can be found here.


ABP applies a set of minimum requirements for towage providers across all its 21 ports. These Service Provider Requirements can be found here.

Page last updated: 18 March 2019